What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

mandela_it always seems impossible

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

– Nelson Mandela

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

– Lao Tzu

Nietzsche_you have your way

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.

– Jack Kerouac

If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.

If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

what matters most is how you see yourself

What matters most is how you see yourself.

Behold the turtle

Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.

– James Bryant Conant

Zen-saying_to know and not to do is not yet to know

To know and not to do is not yet to know.

– Zen saying

Emerson_Do Not Go

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Holstee Manifesto – This is your life. Do what you love and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you’re looking for the love of your life, stop; they’ll be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?

– Rabbi Hillel

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Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

– Dale Carnegie

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The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.

– Kahlil Gibran

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If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

– Elbert Hubbard

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Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

– Marcel Proust

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The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

– Mark Twain

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Some of us think that holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

– Hermann Hesse

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In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Shut your eyes and see.

– James Joyce

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